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Airplane! 2 - The Sequel (1980)

Airplane! 2 - The Sequel (1980)

Looks like they're taking off to space! Star Wars kind of intro.

The intro after that plays on the intro from the previous movie; 'the future' looks just like it used to... but some technologies have indeed been greatly improved, like the x-ray machine that shows boobs (ironic that's a reality now isn't it?). Meanwhile, an ET resembling stranger is trying to phone - but can't afford the interplanetary costs, old ladies get mugged and terrorists roam free, and Ted Striker is nowhere to be seen. No plane crashes into a waiting room this time, but as the intro text promises: the movie is destined for disaster. Be sure of that.

Oh, I mean the good kind, the hilariously roof-lifting mind-boggling blow-off laughter kind of type. Be sure of that.

A lot of the character from the former movie reappear in new places, but only Ted Striker's relocation is explained in great detail via elaborate flashbacks. In short: he was framed. He soon escapes from the mental institution to once again get on the same shuttle as Elaine and get her back.... and maybe save all the passengers aboard while he's at it. And maybe his mental illness is just a figment of his imagination after all? Though the more he starts believing it, the more sane the others start thinking he is. Also, Chuck Connors plays a sarge. Just saying.

The trip eventually takes them to the moon and back, and though it's an entertaining and (as usual) crazy voyage, it just doesn't have the same edge as the original. Many of the jokes are repeated until they're just not fun any longer; especially that thing about taking things literally. Like how when one character says "He's in the hospital" and the other answers "What is it?" and the first one responds with "It's a large facility designed to medicate patients, but that's not important right now..." and moves on to the actual task at hand. It was fun a few times, but in the long run all jokes lose their effect. Good movie, but though the intro started with good promise and pun, the rest doesn't have that much new to offer.

 rated 3/5: not bad


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